L.A. Times

Greetings, Team Library!

Do you ever feel like your life has a theme? Like when you haven’t heard a specific word before, not ever, and then suddenly you hear it a bunch of times in a row. Or, you hear a song out of the blue and then hear it everywhere. Even your kids are singing it! Or, your “lucky” number starts appearing in conversations and media all around you! When things like that happen, it’s as if the universe is trying to tell you something.

You can tell the universe is giving you a sign through a combination of synchronicity (a meaningful coincidence) and how that coincidence makes you feel, which is the message. Well, that happened to me this past couple of weeks. We announced in the last public newsletter regarding Good Neighbor Day, and this month is Friends of the Library Week. Neighbors, friends…the universe reminded me that we are not alone. We all need each other to progress in our personal and professional lives. We are all here together, and it is important to understand that we can all make progress if we take the time to support one another.

When we come together as a team, we can achieve more than we could on our own. Togetherness allows us to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and brainstorm solutions to difficult problems. Our strengths are amplified when we combine them with the strengths of others. We become better communicators, thinkers, and problem solvers when we learn to work together.

When we come together and share experiences, we gain empathy and understanding for one another. This helps us better understand each other and our patrons and how our actions can impact others. This month, let’s remember that we’re all in this together and can face the changes and challenges ahead as a team, a cohesive, complementary unit. Here are a few tips:

  • Respect one another: Respect everyone for who they are and what they are going through.
  • Lend a helping hand: Take the initiative to help each other out.
  • Offer kind words: Use encouraging words and phrases.

We couldn’t be stellar without stars like you! Thanks for all you do on behalf of SJCPLS and your local patrons.

Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System